BEST Presents: Drivers of Innovation Workshop

Are you interested in understanding what drives innovation? If yes, join us at the upcoming Drivers of Innovation Workshop at QUT Garden’s Point.

In this workshop, we brought together researchers from across QUT with a common interest in supporting innovation, overcoming policy problems inhibiting innovation and paving a way forward for delivering innovation post-coronavirus.

During the workshop, the following presentations took place:

  • Linguistic metrics for patent disclosure: Evidence from university versus corporate patents (Uwe Dulleck) | View presentation
  • Outsourcing university technology transfer: the rationale for, and effect of, partnering with a prestigious university technology transfer office
    (Annita Nugent) | View presentation
  • Corporate Innovation and Diversification (Sean Wu) | View presentation
  • Uncertainty stifles Innovation and Growth: Evidence from Geopolitical Flare-ups (Ruchith Dissanayake) | View presentation
  • The People’s Vaccine: Intellectual Property, Access to Medicines, and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Matthew Rimmer) | View presentation
  • Thinking out of the Box: The Unique Role of 3D Printing in Enhancing the Speed and Scope of Inventive Activity (Muhammad Zaheer Abbas) | View presentation

A document outlining the presentation abstracts can be found here.

About Our Speakers

Professor Uwe Dulleck

Prof Uwe Dulleck obtained his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin in 1999. Before Uwe joined QUT he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Linz, Austria and an Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna. His publications can be found in the ‘American Economic Review’, ‘Journal of Economic Literature’, the ‘Economic Journal’, the ‘Journal of Public Economics’, the ‘International Journal of Industrial Organization’, the ‘Scandinavian Journal of Economics’, among others. His research has been discussed in the Economic Focus of ‘The Economist’, the Sydney Morning Heralkd and the ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung’ (the Sunday edition of Germany’s leading quality newspaper), among others. Uwe was awarded several ARC Linkage Grants and one ARC Discovery Grant. He is the Director of the Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology and a co-investigator of two Austrian Research grants. In total his research funding exceeds AUD 2,500,000). In 2015 Uwe was the Chairman of the Programm Committee for Australia’s Conference of Economists, the leading and largest conference for research and applied economists in Australia. He is an active public speaker on Behavioural Economics and its applications to Public Policy, Business Decision Making and Regulation.

Annita Nugent

Annita Nugent, is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology at the Queensland University of Technology. With a focus on policy, her research explores the dynamic of university-industry collaboration and how it is influenced by government funding. Annita’s interest in this topic stems from over 25 years-experience in the protection, translation and commercialisation of research findings. Applying an econometrics approach to understand the impact of government funding on university-industry collaboration her study mirrors, and is shaped by, her experience.


Dr Sean Wu

Dr Sean (Yanhui) Wu is a Senior Lecturer in Finance in the school of Economics and Finance at the QUT Business School. He has extensive experience in teaching finance courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research interests include corporate governance, insider trading, corporate investment and innovation. His research papers have been presented in many top finance conferences such as EFA, FMA, CICF and MFA. His papers have been published in Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance,  and Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics.


Dr Ruchith Dissanayake

Dr Ruchith Dissanayake is a Senior Lecturer in Finance in the School of Economics and Finance at the QUT Business School. Ruchith has a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Alberta, for which he won multiple awards including the AIMCo Scholarship in Finance and GRA Rice Graduate Scholarship in Business. Ruchith was also a Research Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Ruchith has written research papers in asset pricing examining the impact of government spending on asset prices, how geographic distribution of firms impacts firm risk and asset returns, the impact of investment specific technological shocks on asset prices in international markets, and research papers in corporate finance examining the impact of government spending on corporate innovation, the impact of geopolitical uncertainty on firm investment decisions, and how government debt impacts mergers and acquisition decisions.

Professor Matthew Rimmer

Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, Indigenous Intellectual Property, and intellectual property and trade. He is undertaking research on intellectual property and 3D printing; the regulation of robotics and artificial intelligence; and intellectual property and public health (particularly looking at the coronavirus COVID-19). His work is archived at QUT ePrints, SSRN Abstracts, Bepress Selected Works, and Open Science Framework.


Dr Muhammad Zaheer Abbas

Dr. Muhammad Zaheer Abbas is a Senior Research Assistant at Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. In this role, he is working with Professor Matthew Rimmer on his Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Inventing the Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing’. He recently completed PhD in Law at Queensland University of Technology as a recipient of QUT Postgraduate Research Award (QUTPRA). He studied Law at International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and obtained LLB (Hons) with distinction in 2010. He also obtained LLM in International Law, with distinction, from the same university in 2012. He served as a Lecturer in Law at Faculty of Law, IIU, and has nearly 9 years of teaching and research experience. He also served as Associate Editor of ‘Islamabad Law Review’, a peer reviewed open access research journal of IIU. He has published 19 peer-reviewed research papers, mostly related to intellectual property protection and the public interest.


Location: U Block, Room U214 (Council Room)
Start Date: 04/12/2020 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 10.30am
End Time: 2pm
Cost: Free
Organiser: BEST Centre